Anyone who reads my blog regularly (just me, I think) knows that I have a much stronger affinity for realism and modernism than I do fantasy or classical storytelling themes. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy all well-told tales (I do!), but my preference is definitely toward the darker, more serious take on life and the future. So, therefore, my choice for Ray Bradbury Award for Best Dramatic Presentation is – surprise – Interstellar, which I thought was, in spite of the ending, extremely realistic. (And hey – who the heck knows what happens in a black hole anyway?)
I haven’t read all of the nominees for best novel yet, but I’m definitely reading The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, Trial by Fire by Charles E. Gannon, and Coming Home by Jack McDevitt. (And if I’m keeping it real… I’m only reading McDevitt because the reviewers said I would be a “fool” not to.) Two others I would like to read, but worry I just don’t have enough time in my schedule for, are Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie and Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. VanderMeer’s “Southern Reach Trilogy” sounds interesting, but I’m put off by the fact that they’ve sold the movie rights before they’ve even published the book. I’ll remain open-minded, though, if anyone else has read it and has recommendations.
Admittedly, the way we’ve designed our future already seems out of date when we look back at movies (although Star Trek’s Spacedock is still pretty realistic). That’s why it’s so exciting to see these radical, and partially-realistic designs from the architect Luis Daniel Pozo. While the link just shows more of his beautiful and intriguing work on this project, the comments offer a host of interesting commentary, some that get quite technical regarding space colony design.
Before Elysium, the notion of a colonies in space (as opposed to other planets and satellites) was covered long ago. On a related note, has anyone read Ringworld by Larry Niven? It’s on my to-read list, but that list gets longer everyday. In the meantime, this article comes with cool photos. Enjoy.
For people who like art! Specifically, word art!
Something to do this winter.
Check it out! This is a cool project happening in Arizona.